Brownie Quest - Table of Contents

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Brownie Quest Program Essentials Meeting Plans for First-Time Girl Scout Brownies Table of Contents Welcome to Girl Scout Brownies............................................................................................................ 1 Things to Remember ............................................................................................................................. 2 Overview of Meeting Plans .................................................................................................................... 3 The Girl Scout Leadership Experience: Program Essentials .................................................................. 4 Ready, Set, Go: Getting Started ......................................................................................................... 5-6 Engage Girls with a Variety of Activities................................................................................................. 7 Girl Scouting = Girl Planning.................................................................................................................. 8 Meeting Plans Outline............................................................................................................................ 9 Core Competencies and Core Experiences ......................................................................................... 10 Program Essentials Meeting Plans Leadership Progression Meeting 1 ............................................................................................................................ 11-13 Meeting 2 ............................................................................................................................ 14-16 Meeting 3 ............................................................................................................................ 17-18 Meeting 4 ............................................................................................................................ 19-20 Meeting 5 ............................................................................................................................ 21-22 Meeting 6 ............................................................................................................................ 23-24 Meeting 7 ............................................................................................................................ 25-26 Meeting 8 ............................................................................................................................ 27-28 Meeting 9 ............................................................................................................................ 29-30 Meeting 10 .......................................................................................................................... 31-32 Meeting 11 ............................................................................................................................... 33 Meeting 12 .......................................................................................................................... 34-35 Meeting templates............................................................................................................... 36-37 Take Action.......................................................................................................................................... 38 Career and Financial Literacy ........................................................................................................ 29-44 Outdoor Awareness ....................................................................................................................... 45-51 STEM ............................................................................................................................................ 52-56 Healthy Living ................................................................................................................................. 57-59 Cultural Literacy.............................................................................................................................. 60-64 Building Girl Scout Connections...................................................................................................... 65-71 Celebrating Girls’ Accomplishments, Reflection, and Recommitment ............................................. 72-78 Resources (Games, Songs, Meeting Helps) ................................................................................... 79-87
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Welcome to Girl Scout Brownies! Welcome to the exciting world of Girl Scout Brownies! Together with the girls and families in your troop, you will plan and take part in activities and challenges that will help girls gain a deeper understanding of themselves, develop healthy relationships, connect with others, and have lots of fun. First-Time Girl Scout Brownies learn to discover, connect, and take action through the meetings and activities that focus on the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, as outlined in the It’s Your World-Change It! Brownie Quest journey book and the Program Essentials Chart. Your girls may be new to Girl Scouts or they may have been together as Daisies. If yours is an existing troop, you may still have several new girls who need to be welcomed. Girl Scout Brownies: Are in second and third grades Are active and eager to learn Want to be part of a group May be inconsistent and moody but are generally cooperative Have lots of energy so keep them busy! This curriculum will provide you with guidance as you plan your meetings and activities. There are many Girl Scout resources available to you and sometimes the variety can be overwhelming to coordinate. Here you will find meeting plans which utilize the Girl Scout journey book Brownie Quest and the Program Essentials Chart. We have put together 12 possible meeting plans designed to take you through First-Time Girl Scout Brownies. You will probably have additional meetings or activities besides these and you may want to follow a similar format so there are blank format pages for your use at the end. Given that all Girl Scout activities should be girl-led, you may veer off in a different direction than these meeting plans and that’s okay. These show how you can plan out the year so girls can complete the following: Program Essentials Chart Girl Scout journey – Brownie Quest o Discover Key Award o Connect Key Award Various Try-Its o o Take Action Key Award Brownie Quest Award Throughout this outline, you will find reference to optional activities and other resources. This outline is meant as a guide with flexibility to allow you and your girls to find creative ways to do similar things. We don’t want to reprint everything so we will provide resources and page numbers to direct your attention to find out more about them. While this will entail going from these meeting plans to other materials, it will provide a way to use these other resources. These resources include: Brownie Quest– Girl Scout journey Girl’s book and Adult How to Guide Try-Its for Brownie Girl Scouts Hip Pocket Activity Guide – in new troop Welcome Kit Program Essentials Chart The sections after the meeting plans represent the various focus areas of Program Essentials and are full of activities referenced in the meeting plans. Thank you for taking the time to be an important part of the lives of our young Girl Scouts! We hope you have a rewarding and fun year. 1
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Things to remember… You will hear many of these things in many ways as you begin and move forward as a Girl Scout adult volunteer but they are important so we want you to keep in mind these big ideas: Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Discover + Connect + Take Action = Leadership Girls discover themselves and their values, connect by caring and teaming with others, and take action to improve themselves, their families, their communities, and the world. Girl Scouts are Girl-Led = Girls play an active part in planning and doing! Ask the girls what they would like to do and listen to their ideas Sift ideas and create a plan together: Use their ideas as a springboard for practical things they can do Involve girls in decision-making, planning, organizing, doing, and evaluating Change the example meeting plans to meet the needs and ideas of your girls Girl Scouts Learn by Doing = Experiential Learning Hands-on activities help girls learn if also is minds-on (meaningful) Involves action and reflection – girls need to be active physically and mentally Being active is to explore, discover, question, observe, share, and reflect Girl Scouts use Cooperative Learning = Working together toward shared goals Developing social skills in working with others takes opportunity and practice o Girls are just learning what it is like to be a member of a group o Engage girls in taking turns and sharing o Teach girls to be active listeners Teach social skills by giving girls expectations for group behavior o Talk about what makes a good group work well o Encourage all girls to participate in planning – What’s your idea? Give examples of how to start: My idea is…We could… What if we… Acknowledge ideas – That’s interesting. Good idea! Check understanding – How would that work? Tell us how to do it. o Work together in activities Small groups within the whole group encourage more interaction Mix up groups so all girls work with others at different times Check out the Girl Scout journey Adult How to Guide for more specifics! Understanding Brownie-Age Girls pp. 22-23 What + How: Creating a Quality Experience pp. 24-25 Health, Safety, and Well-Being pp. 30-31 Understanding the Journey’s Leadership Benefits p. 32 National Leadership Outcomes p. 33 2
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Overview of Meeting Plans The meeting plans utilize components of the Girl Scout journey book sessions and the Program Essentials Chart in a format that provides a structured meeting time with opportunities for girls to discover, connect, and take action. Each meeting plan provides the following: Meeting Title Goals – What we want to accomplish through the activities we do Purpose – Why it is important to do this o Share the goals and purpose for the activities with the girls as you plan and prepare them for the activities during the business/circle time Preparation – What needs to be done before the meeting in order to be prepared o For all meetings, you will want to be prepared with a basic troop kit (crayons, paper, glue sticks, scissors, Girl Scout books, etc.) and a safety kit Activities o Gathering – Activities to do as girls come together o Opening – Often a ceremony to mark the beginning of the meeting time o Business-Planning – Brownies meet in a circle to discuss what they will do o Exploration Discover – New experiences, new ideas, new meanings Connect – Making connections with others and with new ideas Take Action – Reflect on what was done and what they will do with what they have learned o Clean Up – Work together to leave your site better than you found it! o Closure – Often a ceremony, such as a Friendship Circle, Friendship Squeeze Materials – what you might need for each activity Resources – where you might find reference to the activity in other resources Outcomes – goals as well as any applicable commemoration (award, badge, pin) Meeting Site: While every meeting site is different, it would be good to look for one that has the following: Area large enough to gather in a circle and to do active games Area with tables to work at Restroom facilities and hand wash/clean-up area Outside space next to meeting area for outdoor exploration would be ideal The Girl Scout journey in the Brownie Quest book is divided into seven sessions for the First-Time Girl Scout Brownies. We have spread these ideas out over the course of the twelve meetings and added activities that coincide with the Program Essentials Chart. The Program Essentials Chart provides a balance of activities that are important for all girls to experience. Each year, the Program Essentials Chart should be used by you and your girls to plan a year full of fun and meaningful activities. The chart provides age-appropriate options for you to pick activities from. Some of these are included in the meeting plans but you may decide to pick others instead—you and your girls should choose what works for you! The Program Essentials Chart does not have to be done in any order and you can decide to do additional things if your girls want more experiences. Be sure to record all the fun things your girls do and submit a copy the Program Essentials Chart to a River Valleys Shop. This will give us feedback on what girls like to do the most, information for funder reports, and the documentation for the girls to receive the Program Essentials Pin. 3
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The Girl Scout Leadership Experience: Program Essentials Program Essentials is the core plan that girls and leaders use to implement the Girl Scout Leadership Experience in River Valleys. The national Girl Scout leadership journey books are the foundation of Program Essentials, which is complemented by additional skill building activities. The Program Essentials Chart contains grade-appropriate activity sessions (with options at the troop, service unit, and council levels) across specific focus areas, designed to be completed over a 9-to12-month period. River Valleys provides Program Essentials because it is important for girls to have a well-rounded and consistent Girl Scout Leadership Experience, yet you as a troop leader don’t need to be an “expert” in all program areas. Program Essentials increases your ability to make an impact on girls because it provides focus and takes a simple approach to all the programming available. Think of Program Essentials as the girls’ “core classes,” and anything beyond Program Essentials that the troop would like to do as “electives.” It is your “map to success!” Program Essentials ties directly to the 15 outcomes of The Girl Scout Leadership Experience, and troop leaders are asked to help measure those outcomes through an easy-to-use, built-in, evaluation tool. A copy of the Program Essentials Chart specific to your grade level is included in your binder. Review the opportunities with your troop and start planning for an amazing year as First-Time Girl Scout Brownies. Throughout the year, take some time to record which option(s) your troop completes in each of the focus areas. At the end of the year look back at what the troop has achieved. 4
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Ready, Set, Go: Getting Started Things to know as you get started The Meeting Plans: The curriculum for First-Time Girl Scout Brownies supports Program Essentials and is designed to be structured, fun, and easy to use. With the exception of the six sessions relating to the Brownie Quest journey book, the sessions can be used in any order. This is a great opportunity for the girls to choose what they’d like to do. The meeting plans include ideas for expanding upon the sample sessions in the How to Guide, and includes activities related to five Try-Its. Consider each meeting plan as a recipe. Adjust the time and order of activities to suit the energy level, interests, and attention span of your Brownie Team. Earned Awards: By following the Meeting Plans, the girls may earn five Try-Its, as well as the awards described in the Girl Scout journey. Girls earn these awards by completing specific activities. Earned awards are placed on the front of the Girl Scout uniform. In addition to earned awards, girls may receive or purchase fun patches for participating in program events, the Cookie Program Activity, etc. A Word about Try-Its: Try-Its are just that; a way for girls to sample a subject or skill. Girl Scout Brownies need to complete at least four activities in a particular subject area in order to earn the Try-It. This curriculum includes activities for five Try-Its. Try-Its represent activities that enable girls to try a wide variety of experiences. There are some suggestions in this binder in different Program Essentials sections for many of the Try-Its specified in the meeting plans. Some of the suggested activities are in the Try-Its for Brownie Girl Scouts book (referred to as Try-Its in the meeting outline). Other related activities may also be substituted. Through girl-adult planning, pick the four activities that your troop will complete; girls do not have to be proficient in any activity but just try it! Kaper Chart: A Kaper chart is one way to divide responsibility and provide a visual reminder of the tasks that need to be done during a meeting. Refer to your Girl Scout Fast Start Leader Booklet for detailed explanations and examples of Kaper charts. There are also examples in the Resources section of this binder. Family Involvement: Many hands make light work, and the troop’s Friends and Family Network is a built- in group of helpers. A troop committee is composed of adults who help the troop run smoothly. For a list of troop leadership positions and a sample family meeting agenda, refer to your Girl Scout Fast Start Leader Booklet. Adapting the meetings to fit your troop: Each troop is unique. Girls may speed through an activity, take longer than you expected to complete an activity, or be too shy to speak up when you ask questions. If things don’t seem to be going smoothly, stick with it for a minute or two, but don’t force it. At the end of the day what’s most important is that girls have had a new experience or learned something and want to come back again. Remember that the meetings should be girl-led as much as possible. If the girls love singing songs, but there isn’t one in the meeting plan, feel free to add one in. Energetic groups may need a couple of quick active games throughout the meeting in order to keep their attention focused on the activity at hand. 5
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Adult Reflection: Remember to take a moment for yourself. Try and take a couple minutes to reflect at the end of each session. Jot down a few notes on how the day went, what the girls enjoyed, and any changes you’d like to make in the future. After a few meetings look back and you’ll be surprised by how both the girls and you have grow Cookie Program Activity No mere fund-raiser can replace the unique leadership program that is the Cookie Program Activity. Thousands of successful women trace their earliest success to selling Girl Scout Cookies. By fully implementing the potential of this program activity — including goal-setting, team-building, marketing, and early financial literacy— you are helping pass on these valuable skills to today’s generation of girls. Best of all, girls have lots of fun along the way! Each Girl Scout troop will receive cookie materials from Little Brownie Bakers. The materials are packed with fun ideas that make it easy for girls at every grade level to fully benefit from the Cookie Program Activity, and focus on Earth friendly endeavors. The activities can be followed exactly or modified to fit the needs and interests of the girls. Information on the Cookie Program is available at www.littlebrownie.com. 6
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Engage Girls with a Variety of Activities Movement Activities Active games help build large motor skills and confidence, while letting girls “get the wiggles” out. You may want to start meetings with activities that allow girls to move and interact, particularly if they have come right from school. You can also break up times that have girls sitting for too long with some active movement. Sit-down Activities Being active does not always mean moving around. It also means being part of the Brownie Circle where girls share their ideas, listen actively to others, make decisions together, and follow along in their books as stories are read. It can also mean a game where girls are so engaged that they are happy to sit quietly. Other times it means sitting at a table and working on a project. Girls work at different rates. Give girls time to complete and have another activity for those done fast and first. Girls who take extra time may be very capable but like to do things perfectly; some girls who rush through may actually be frustrated and want to get the activity over. They will get more capable but be aware of how much you are asking them to do. Literacy Activities Engaging girls in literacy activities that improve their ability to read, write, listen, and speak, are important to their development and provide opportunities to apply things learned in school. You will have girls of all abilities so allow them to work at their own pace. Financial and Career literacy (incorporated through the Cookie Program Activity) and cultural literacy (developed through exposure to various cultures) are also important aspects of Girl Scout curriculum. Outdoor Activities Try to get outside if you have access to a safe playing area in order to give girls a change of pace. Exploring outdoor landscapes helps girls become aware of the natural wonders around them. Being free to move in open spaces helps coordination and promotes healthy living. Musical Activities Using music through song, rhythm, and home-made instruments is a good way to engage all girls but especially those who learn best through music. Arts & Crafts Activities Many girls like to do crafts projects and these can easily dominate your meetings if you are not careful. Try to have simple activities which allow for creative expression instead of “cookie-cutter” crafts which all turn out the same. Girls should learn how important the arts are and how they can be an outlet for their creative ideas. They should also find out how they can use art to make the world a better place by sharing their efforts. 7
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Girl Scouting = Girl Planning You can have a good program without girl planning, but you can’t have good Girl Scouting without girl planning! DAISY BROWNIE JUNIOR CADETTE SENIOR AMBASSADOR ADULTS’ RESPONSIBILITY GIRLS’ RESPONSIBILITY WHAT IS GIRL PLANNING? Girl Planning means that the troop’s adults help girls choose and organize their own activities, solve problems as a group, and the girls take charge of the results. Don’t do anything for Girl Scout Brownies that they can do for themselves. Keep encouraging them to do more. Your job as a troop leader is to plan how to help the girls make decisions. For more information on the Leaders’ Role in Planning with Girls, refer to Volunteer Essentials Chapter Four: Safety-Wise in this binder and the online Safety Activity Checkpoints. STEPS FOR BROWNIE TROOPS The activities in these troop Meeting Plans have been selected from the various Girl Scout Brownie national and council materials to give girls a sense of immediate achievement. 1. Do advance planning. If needed, it’s okay to modify activities a bit in relation to season, meeting place, and resources, as well as what you know of the girls’ previous experiences. Dream a little about the possibilities, and add to the Meeting Plans (if you have time)! Be sure to give each girl a chance before calling on those girls who are bursting with more ideas. Provide opportunities for girls to connect the activities in these Meeting Plans back to their Journey book. When seeking girls’ input, take the most obviously popular ideas. Combine some of the simpler ones. Complete the refining process and gauge the girls’ reactions for “approval” (i.e., consensus). Implement what you can start immediately or at the next meeting. Put the other ideas in a Girl Scout Brownie “dream box” for future use. Communicate with parents/guardians about what the troop is doing, enlist their support, and let them know what help you need. Listen to their reactions and make adjustments, if necessary. Let girls know the activities they are enjoying are the result of their involvement in the planning and decision-making. Use the plans as a basis of learning to give input, to make choices, to test ideas, and to deal with consequences, as well as to learn about consensus-building. Before going to a new phase, remind the girls what they have decided and review it with them. Be ready with a quick change of activity. 2. 3. Ask the girls. Sift ideas. Refine plans and implement. Create future plans. 4. Alert other adults. 5. Use the plans. 6. Review the plans. 8
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First-Time Girl Scout Brownie Meeting Plans Outline Meeting Including: Program Essentials Girl Scout journey - Brownie Quest and its four awards Mapping Our Quest Chapter 1 – Planning Discovering Girl Scout Values Teaming Up – Discover Key Working It Out Try-It Connecting: Past, Present, and Future Investiture/Rededication Meeting Juliette Discover and Connect with Healthy Living Healthy Living Eat Right, Stay Healthy Try-It Connect and Take Action Circle Map Healthy Living Community Action – Connect Key Cookies! Cookie Activity Pin Cookies Count Try-It Connecting with Girl Scouts Around the World Thinking Day activities Brownies Around the World Try-It Discover STEM Math Fun Try-It Eco-Matters! Eco-Explorer Try-It Brainstorm for Take Action Project Choosing a Take Action Project Take Action Key Making the World a Better Place Brownie Team Reflects Celebrate! Unlock the Code to Leadership Court of Awards Ceremony Cultural Literacy 1 Girl Scout Connections Healthy Living 2 Take Action 3 Career and Financial Literacy Program Essentials Chart Journey Sessions (divided over 12 meetings) 1 2 3 6 4 5 6 7 Cultural Literacy 8 STEM 9 Outdoor Awareness Take Action 4 10 5 11 12 Take Action Celebrating Girls’ Accomplishments 6 7 9
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